The `Glass Gazette - Northern Virginia Corvette Club



The `Glass Gazette - Northern Virginia Corvette Club
The ‘Glass Gazette
October 2010
Dealer Sponsor:
Koons Chevrolet
Tysons Corner, VA
Free State Corvette Club's "Life Lived as Played"
Corvette Weekend 2010
By Alice S. Arielly & John Palmgren
It was a lovely weekend in Ocean City for Free State Corvette Club's "Life
Lived as Played" Corvette Weekend 2010. The weather was in the 70's with
a beautiful sunny days Friday, Saturday and Sunday. NVCCers in attendance
were: Jerry and Irene Lelansky, Alice Arielly and Jack Hufnagle, Don
Ellenberger, Patty and Jim MacGregor, Stewart and Carol Fox, John
Palmgren and Kara Bennis, Mack and Josie McMahon, Wayne and Karin
Gregor, and Gary and Sherrie Essex. Friday started with a caravan that
included Stewart and Carol, Patty and Jim, and Kara and myself. We met on
Rt. 50 a couple of exits before the Bay Bridge and cruised on down 50
getting into Ocean City around 5 PM. Once we all registered, a few of us
went up to Big Fish in Rehoboth for a fantastic meal.
Friday night started with a welcome party at the event’s new headquarters,
the Clarion Fontainebleau hotel on 101st street. It was a newer, bigger
venue, which made registration easier and allowed for many more great door
prizes. They had a good buffet and a fun oldies band to get the party started
off right.
NVCC contacts
President’s Corner
Social Director Report
Spooktacular flyer
NVCC Store Flyer
Atlantic City Toys for Tots
OC, NJ 20th Annual Cruise & show
September GBM Minutes
Clifton Brunch Cruise
October 16 Drag Day
Car Classifieds (vettes only)
NCM Ambassador’s Corner
Parting Shots
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The folks working hard for you ….
NVCC Council Members
(703) 768-0319
[email protected]
Hopefully everyone has received my Annual
Membership Renewal Letter for 2011 via the Club's
member email address list. I have recently followed
that up by sending a hardcopy renewal letter to all
who have yet to register as of 20 OCT 2010. The
deadline for membership renewal has been
extended until 15 NOV 2010! PLEASE PUT YOUR
NOV 10! To recap, you can very easily renew your
NVCC Membership for 2011 by going
and paying for your membership by using PayPal.
And this year NVCC is paying for each member's
PayPal processing fee! The Annual Renewal Fee for
a member is $73.00 and for a Member and their
Spouse the Fee is $73.00 + $34.00 = $107.00. You
can also mail your membership renewal with a check
made out to NVCC and send it to me NVCC
Membership Director, Michael Rathbun, P.O. Box
651223, Potomac Falls, VA 20165-1223.
NCM Ambassador – Don Patrick
Please include your latest email address and telephone
number to update our records. Thank you! Save The
Wave! //Michael
President – Stewart Fox
(703) 759-4853
[email protected]
Treasurer – Carol Fox
(703) 759-4853
[email protected]
Officer At Large – Rich Mars
[email protected]
Vice President – Paul Benish
(703) 404-2035
[email protected]
Secretary – Jerry Lelansky
(703) 455-7157
[email protected]
Committee Chairpersons
Teen Driving School
Newsletter – Rich Anderson
(703) 433-2611
[email protected]
Concours – John Palmgren
(571) 330-6813
[email protected]
Publicity –John Palmgren
(571) 330-6813
[email protected]
Historian – Lori Benish
[email protected]
Membership – Michael Rathbun
[email protected]
NCCC Gov – Andrej Balanc
(703) 220-8228
[email protected]
Rallye –
Annual Membership Renewal Right
Around the Corner
Spooktacular – OPEN
Chief Instructor – Cassidy Nolen
(202) 234-2820
[email protected]
Webmaster – Laurie Kistner
(703) 631-7117
[email protected]
Social – Laurie Kistner
(703) 631-7117
[email protected]
Important Notice On November
General Business Meeting
113 Active Members
2 New Members
3 Prospective Members
118 Total
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The November General Business Meeting has
been moved to the 5th Tuesday of the month, the
Nov 30th. This move was taken in recognition that
many members will be traveling Thanksgiving
It is important that as many members as possible
attend the November meeting, which is NVCC’s
annual election of officers. Nominations were
held at the October meeting and will be open
again prior to voting at the November meeting.
Your participation in helping to shape next year’s
council is needed.
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As I draft this month’s article with mere hours to go before press time, I can sense the editor beginning to get a bit impatient
with me. Sorry, but it’s not easy to condense so much news into one page. Seems like the fine early fall weather is holding
out for NVCC. Corvette events continue at a frantic pace, with several more coming up in just a few days. Here’s how
we’re doing in the month of October.
Free State Corvette’s big Cruise on the Boardwalk fundraiser in Ocean City was a big success once again, under nearperfect sunny skies. I understand this was the 24th year for this popular event. By my estimate, they had 600 registered
Corvettes in attendance for the Friday check-in and Saturday Car Show, Rallye, Boardwalk Cruise, and awards ceremony.
Carol and I were in attendance for the first time in about 10 years, enjoyed our 28 block excursion up the timbers, and were
thrilled to be at the award ceremony to see our own Alice and Jack pick up first place for Rallye, followed by John and
Kara with a second-place finish. Way to go NVCC !
The last week of October is going to be one heck of a busy week for NVCC !
We have a GBM on Tuesday evening. At the GBM, we expect to present our proceeds from this year's Concourse to a rep
from the American Cancer Society. In addition, the latter part of the meeting will be devoted to nomination of members for
next year's Council positions.
Wednesday night is the Vienna Halloween Parade. Again this year, Lori Benish has us meeting at the Leslie Pools parking
lot on Rt 123 between 5 and 6 PM. We're also planning to slip into nearby Wu's Garden for a bite to eat before we head
down the parade route.
Saturday 10/30 and Sunday 10/31 is Spooktacular. This NCCC-sanctioned event will be held at Old Dominion Speedway.
There is still space available if you want to run in the event. Check the NVCC website for registration details. We could
also use a few more workers to help everything run smoothly. If you're available to help out, please let me know.
If you're not sure what Spooktacular is, come on out as a spectator and cheer on your favorite Vette. The event is spectatorfriendly and no-charge to watch. Be sure to have your friends and family come out to catch the action!
Don’t forget that Membership Renewal for 2011 is underway. PLEASE submit your renewal by November 15. The
regular renewal deadline of 1 Nov has been extended to 15 Nov. owing to an oversight in getting hard copy renewal letters
out as soon as we would have liked. Since we need to get our money and paperwork into Region by 1Dec, it is essential
that members renew as soon as possible.
Finally, I want to thank Rich Mars for stepping up to take the place of Don Patrick as our club’s Ambassador to the
National Corvette Museum and want to extend a big THANK YOU to Don and Judy for their years of service to NVCC.
We wish them well as the get ready to retire to the Carolinas.
Check the brake fluid, change the oil, put a little air in the tires, rub on some wax, and hang on for another action packed
season with your friends at NVCC. Come out and join the fun !
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NVCC Social Calendar Nov 2010 Laurie Kistner, Social Director & Webmaster
Wed. 10/17/10 - We are all gearing up for the Halloween season (except the malls
that are already celebrating Christmas - haha). To celebrate, the NVCC is
participating again in the Vienna Halloween Parade. It is a great parade and we
usually get a great showing. Costumes not required, but are totally awesome if so
We are meeting to line up between 5-6pm (after 6pm the roads close - so I urge everyone to come early!). We park to line up at
Leslie's Pool Supply in Vienna (address is below). Many of us have dinner before the parade, which starts at 7pm, and since we have
to be there so early for line up - we should have plenty of time!
We will go over to Wu's Garden Chinese Restaurant at around 5:30pm (address below), which is just a few doors down from where
we park our cars. Please try to let parade leader Lori Benish know ASAP at [email protected] if you will be joining the
group for dinner (or just the parade), so she can get a good headcount for tables at the restaurant.
Remember NO BURNOUTS, we are here to have fun, but also support the club and make a safe environment for all the little kids who
will be watching our super cool cars! The parade's theme is "Pride of Vienna -- Sportsmanship through Players, Coaches and Fans".
This year marks the 64th year of the parade.
So here are the details:
Be at the parking lot of Leslie's Pool Supply between 5-6pm
Address: 412 Maple Ave East, Vienna, VA
If you want to join us for dinner, be at Wu's Garden (after parking your car at Leslie's) at 5:30ish
Address: 418 Maple Ave East, Vienna, VA
Sat. 10/30/10 - Shenandoah Cruise/Show (formerly Skyline Drive). This semi-annual event is brought to us by the Shenandoah
Valley Corvette Club.
Once again, we are staying off of the Skyline Drive, but driving a really beautiful route around the area, and this year the organizers
decided to end the cruise back at Jack Evans Used Car lot for an impromptu car show (more of a display, no awards) and to allow
participants to mingle awhile, and take in some of the shops and restaurants in Front Royal. Entry on the day of the event is a new,
unwrapped toy (no stuffed animals) or a $20 donation to Toys for Tots. Registration starts at 8:30 AM, and we'll take off from the lot
at 10:30 AM. The cruise itself takes about 2 hours.
Please send pre-registrations to:
P.O. Box 717
Berryville, VA 22611
Pre-registration is $15 instead of $20 (the day of the event). Please make checks out to Toys for Tots.
Directions to Jack Evans Chevrolet used car lot (from NoVa):
*Take I-66 West to the VA-79 exit- EXIT 13- toward VA-55/LINDEN/FRONT ROYAL.
*Turn LEFT onto VA-79/APPLE MOUNTAIN RD. - 0.2 miles
*Turn RIGHT onto VA-55/JOHN MARSHALL HWY. - 6 miles
*Turn RIGHT onto US-522 N/S COMMERCE AVE. - 0.3 miles - The Front Royal Business Park will be on your right and a 7Eleven and KFC on your left.
*End at 9 S COMMERCE AVE FRONT ROYAL VA - We are on the left at the intersection of Stonewall Drive and Commerce
Avenue across from the Quality Inn.
Sat. 10/30/10 & Sun. 10/31/10 - Spooktacular (see flyer for complete details!)
Sun. 11/7/10 - Corvette Club of America Double Autocross, beginning at 8:30 AM. Sanction #s:
ER-001-102 and ER-001-103. See for more details closer to the event date. Autocross
address at top of next page.
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Lincoln Technical Institute
9325 Snowden River Parkway
Columbia, MD 21046
Sun. 11/7/10 - 4th Annual Corvettes for Chip. (Rain date is 11/14 - check after 6 AM on show
day for any updates)
Brandywine Picnic Park
690 S. Creek Road
West Chester, Pa 19382
Registration 8:30AM - 11AM
Show 11AM - 3 PM
Pre-registration Fee: $20 by 10/31/10
Day of Show: $25
The Corvettes for Chip Corvette show was started in 2007 by a combined effort between the Corvette Club of Northern
Delaware (CCND) and Keystone State Corvette Club (KSCC).
In the show's first year we had 165 Corvettes attend and donated $2500 to the show's beneficiary which is the Chip Miller
Charitable Foundation. In the second year we had 235 Corvettes and donated $3,600 to the CMCF. In 2009 County Corvette
Association joined the effort and we drew over 331 Corvettes...and donated $8,000 to CMCF!
Most Corvette enthusiasts knew Chip Miller as the creator of the annual Corvettes at Carlisle Corvette Show and one of the
main driving forces behind the Corvette hobby.
Chip Miller was taken from us in March of 2004 from a little known disease called Amyloidosis. The Chip Miller Charitable
Foundation was formed to raise funds for the research, education, and awareness of amyloidosis and related diseases.
Show registration and information can be found at
Sat. 11/13/10 - Never Too Cool for Teen Driving School, held RAIN or SHINE at Old Dominion Speedway, 10611
Dumfries Road, Manassas VA 20112, from 7:45 AM to 4 PM. Teen drivers will learn car control and real world driving
skills in this class from knowledgeable and experienced instructors through a series of challenging exercises designed to
extend his or her skills and thinking.
Volunteers will be needed to help this event run smoothly. Help will be needed in areas such as registration, tech, course set
up, and cone retrieval. If you can help with any of these, please contact Lori Benish at [email protected] ASAP!
IMA Motorsport Inc.
25354 Pleasant Valley Road, Ste 155
Chantilly, VA 20152
We fix what others can’t, so why not come here
Call for an appointment at 703-327-9858
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Atlantic City Toys for Tots
By Rich Mars
Toys for Tots in Atlantic City N.J. was a great success. Over 1200 Corvettes and lunch provided by Kerbeck Chevrolet.I
estimate about three semi's of toys were collected. It was a perfect day and a great cause. Christmas is just around the
corner. The man standing with us in the center picture is Charles Kerbeck, one of the three brothers that own and operate
Kerbeck Chevrolet, the world’s largest corvette dealer. Rita and Rich Mars
Free State Corvette Club's "Life Lived as Played"
Corvette Weekend 2010
Saturday started early for the car show lovers – Don Ellenberger and Jerry & Irene Lelansky entered their super clean
machines in this year’s show. Some of us showed up a little later for three evil rallyes (well, the gimmick rallye was evil,
poker & Scrabble were just dumb luck). After several brutal hours running the gimmick rallye (& looking at all the
answers that we knew we got wrong), we were all pleasantly surprised when John Palmgren & Kara Bennis came in 2nd
out of 81 entrants – and then Jack & Alice came in 1st! Way to go NVCC! None of us got lucky on Scrabble, but Jack &
Alice also managed to pull three 5s in the Poker rallye, netting 2nd place out of 92 entrants. Wayne & Karin Gregor also
made an admirable showing in the Poker rallye. Our NVCC President, Stewart, & his lovely wife, Carol, cheered us all
on, as did newlywed Patty Williams and several other NVCCers.
The afternoon’s Boardwalk parade of Vettes was again a fun event – lots of sunshine and people to cheer us on as we
drove from the Inlet lot up the Boardwalk. That night’s seafood buffet at the Clarion, after which all the trophies were
awarded marked the end of a very entertaining, yet relaxing weekend. I think most of us slept in on Sunday, some of us
enjoyed the hotel breakfast buffet overlooking the ocean, while Kara and John stopped at Jimmy's Kitchen in Fenwick for
a wonderful breakfast with Stewart, Carol, Mack and Josie, followed by a great ride home on another beautiful day. All in
all it was a wonderful weekend. We are enjoying our trophies and are already looking forward to next year.
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September General Business Meeting Minutes
By Jerry Lelansky
NVCC General Business Meeting , Date: Sep 28th, 2010
Meeting brought to order at 7:30 PM at Koons Chevrolet Tysons Corner.
Stewart Fox - President
Paul Benish - Vice President
Laurie Kistner - Social/Webmaster
Lori Ann Collins - Historian
Michael Rathbun - Membership
Order of Business
1. Chief Instructor
2. Car Control Clinic (C3)
3. Teen Driving School (TDS)
4. Spooktacular
5. Concours/Publicity
6. Historian/Raffle/NVCC Store
7. Membership
8. NCCC Govenor/Auto-X
9. NCM Ambassador
10. Newsletter
Jerry Lelansky – Secretary
Carol Fox – Treasurer
Rich Anderson - Editor
11. Rallye Chair
12. Secretary
13. Social/Webmaster
14. Treasurer
15. Vice President
16. President
17. Picnic Cruise
18. Old Dominion Speedway (ODS)
19. New Business
Meeting started with introductions.
Chief Instructor /C3 / TDS (Stewart Fox):
• Andrej, Cassidy, Paul and Stewart met with the East Region in Thurmont, MD to show what TDS
is all about. Cassidy blew them away and really ramped up their interest in doing TDS. George
Galant is running for the National President and wants to use TDS as part of his platform.
o This is our 6th year.
o Registration is closed. The class is full.
o Will need workers for the day (11/13).
Spooktacular (Saturday and Sunday October 30-31 at Old Dominion Speedway (ODS)):
• Registration is open and 13 have signed up so far.
• Will need workers on both days.
• Spook started out at ODS, so this is brings the club full circle.
• Will use the straight track/drag strip staging on Saturday and the Oval on Sunday.
• There will be 14 sanctioned runs on Saturday for $75.
• This will be the first time in 10 years that Corvettes run on the Oval on Sunday.
• John is on business travel.
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• Rich Poage (Do It Yourself Garage) will have Larry O'Donohue from “In The Pits Racing Radio”
tomorrow night. Larry wants to include NVCC.
• 10 renewals on-line and three checks received tonight.
• Reminder: Membership renewals are due no later than November 1st. There will be a late fee for
any dues received after November 1st.
• NCCC must have payment no later than Dec 1st.
• Nothing new to report
• Paul printed copies of the newsletter. The club printer is fixed and Rich will need to pick it up.
• Need to keep the number of printed copies to a minimum and will rely more on electronic copies.
NCCC Governor/Auto-X:
• The meeting was on Sept 25th in PA. Stewart and Cassidy showed them the TDS classroom setup
that Cassidy uses for instructing the students. They were very impressed. Proposal by Bill
Sangree to take the lead on getting at least two other clubs to do a TDS in the next year with our
• K&K Insurance – took care of another club’s copyright infringement resulting from a poem read
at a funeral.
• Instituting a sanctioned club calendar for the East Region. Will require that we start putting in
dates of events by Nov 1st for next year; Spook, Concours and TDS are our big ticket items. If
there are contentions/ties on dates, the club with the most points will get the date.
• Baltimore Grand Prix Sep 2-4, 2011. The American Le Mans Series was added to Baltimore
Grand Prix. See the website for more information:
NCM Ambassador:
• Don and Judy Patrick will be retiring soon and the NCM Ambassador position will be open soon.
• Will post the basic duties in the newsletter as they are not defined in the club bylaws.
Officer At Large: N/A
Rallye Chair: N/A
• October is a busy month, see the club calendar for all the events. Here are a few events to keep in
o 10/1 – 10/3 Lynchburg Smith Mountain Lake
o 10/3 Mustang Club MD Cruise
o 10/9 Knights of Columbus Parade
o 10/0 Kerbeck Toys for Tots
o 10/15-10/16 Corvettes at Ocean City to benefit Spina Bifida. See the Free State Corvette
Club website ( )
o 10/16 last Test & Tune Drage race with the NV Mustang Club
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10/22 Potomac High School Homecoming Parade
10/27 Vienna Halloween Parade
10/30-10/31 Spook at ODS
10/30 Shenandoah Cruise and Show
Historian/Raffle/NVCC Store:
• Vienna Halloween Parade. The theme this year is Sportsmanship and competition. Let Lori know
if you want to participate.
Treasurer: we’re doing OK.
Old Dominion Speedway (ODS) – covered in earlier discussions
Summit Point – N/A
Vice President –
• Will need help with Tech for Spook. The helpers will be needed on Friday night between 5-10PM
and Saturday staring at 8:00AM.
• Want to hold a Corvette Only night at Do It Yourself Garage before Spook.
President –
• Reminder, the next GBM will hold nominations for Council positions. The GBM is the night
before the Vienna Halloween Parade.
New Business – N/A
Historian Questions and Raffle:
1. In 2009 how many choices did consumers have of different Corvette configurations? (Includes
coupe, convertible, Z06, ZR1, Competition Sport, and GT1 Championship editions).
Answer: 9 Winner Michael Rathburn Prize NVCC Club T-Shirt and landyard
2. What year was the first to actually use a transaxle in production Corvettes? Side note, the first
plans for one were in the Q-Corvette in 1958, planned for the 1960 Corvette. Transaxles showed
up in Corvette prototypes in the mid’60s in running models.
Answer: 1997 Winner: Wil Fredo Prize Goodie bag
3. What company has produced a transmission for each generation of the Corvette (through C5)?
Answer: Borg Warner Winner: Dana Root Prize C5 T-Shirt and GM mug.
Raffle Prizes:
1. Barrel Oak wine glasses to Steve (2003 Blue Coupe)
2. Club T-Shirt and Oil change to Dana Root
3. $25 Rock Auto gift certificate to Michael Rathburn
4. 50/50 Raffle ($36) to Rich Anderson
Meeting adjourned at 9:00PM
Jerry Lelansky
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Clifton Brunch Cruise
By Laurie Kistner
10/10/10 was indeed a special day for the Clifton Brunch Cruise!
While the date was a once in a lifetime deal, the weather was a
typical warm, sunny early autumn day in Northern Virginia. About a
dozen people enjoyed exercising their cars through the twisty streets
of Centreville, Clifton, Fairfax Station, and Lorton. We did make an
unplanned detour around the Clifton town center to avoid Clifton
Day traffic, but everyone managed to arrive at Fireside Grill ready to
eat! Participants feasted on beef tenderloin, eggs Benedict, Belgian
waffles, salads, and scrumptious desserts. Once everyone got their
fill, we left for Part Two of the cruise, which included more canopy
roads and sweeping turns. We ended the drive in Clifton and bid our
farewells so that everyone could get home and watch football. Hope
October 16 Drag Day
By Laurie Kistner
Saturday, October 16th, 2010 was the
last drag day of the season. With fall
comes cooler temps; great for keeping
those big Corvette motors cool, but not
so great for traction.
Once you left the Christmas tree,
traction went away quickly! Lots of
'vettes were kicking out on their 1-2
shifts, including mine. Only those
lucky souls who brought slicks were
able to hook up well. So for now, my
personal best from April 2009 still
stands! Oh well, better luck next
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Corvettes for Sale
1993 Corvette for sale. Coupe with a LT1 engine and a 6-speed manual
transmission. 40th Anniversary model with a glass top. 103K miles. The car is
stock with the exception of the mufflers, cross-drilled brake rotors with S-S
braided lines, and ZR1 chrome rims. I still have the original mufflers and rims.
Goodyear Eagle F1 tires with around 2000 miles on them. 275/40ZR17 on the
front, and 315/35ZR17 on the rear. A cam lobe is wiped, the A/C has a slow leak,
approx. 2” tear in the driver seat, and there are 4 screw holes in the dash from the
previous owner’s cell phone. Safety inspection is current, but will not pass
emissions. For more details call during the day at (703) 390-5501, or evening at
(703) 866-4499. $8500.00 or best offer. Randy Urick
For Sale 2005 Corvette - $26,000 O.B.O. 2005 Daytona Sunset Orange
Automatic Coupe Corvette
51,000 miles; Options: Navigation System, Bose sound system, Heads-up
display, Leather seats, Heated driver’s and passenger seats, Magnetic ride
control; Includes: Extended warranty (60,000 miles), Runflat tire warranty,
Both body colored and glass targa tops, Car cover Call Layne at 703-5859190 or at [email protected]
National Corvette Museum (NCM)
Ambassador Corner's
By Donald Patrick
Step Out of That Ferrari and Consider, Are You a Corvette Guy?
Bloomberg Businessweek, October 14, 2010
Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) -- There comes a point in any not-so- young man’s life when he must ask: Am I a Corvette
guy? Over their lifetimes, many car lovers will dabble with rocket-like Japanese tuners, pricy European imports
and old- school American muscle. But as horsepower and prestige increase, so do the prices of those sleek, sexy
playthings. At some point speed-demons will realize that the most sports-car bang for buck is a Chevy Corvette.
The base 2011 coupe costs less than $50,000, has a wow- worthy 430 horsepower and reaches 60 miles per hour in
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4.2 seconds. That’s as fast as many Ferraris. You can pick up a nice, used Corvette from the early 2000s for less
than $20,000.
While a Corvette’s horsepower and handling prowess are high, its prestige level doesn’t necessarily match up. The
1963 Sting Ray coupe was the height of cool, but the phallus-shaped models of the 1970s were total camp. As a
teen in the late 1980s, it was clear to me that Corvette guys sported mullets, majored in Shop and smoked weed
under the bleachers. Jeff Spicoli from the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High?” Total Corvette guy.
In 2002 I drove a Z06, the brand’s most ferocious and unhinged model. It’s a wild beast which doesn’t care what
you think about it. At the end of the loan, I felt a little unhinged myself. Such power! In the last six months I’ve
driven all of the new model ’Vettes, trying to get a feel not only for the cars, but how I feel about them. Like the
current owners, the vehicles have grown up.
Corvette Convertible: Choices range from the base coupe, upgraded Grand Sport ($54,790, also 430-hp),
carnivorous Z06 ($74,305, 505-hp), and top-of-the-range ZR1 ($111,100, 638-hp). Convertibles are available on
the base and Grand Sport for an extra $4,650 and $3,810. Destination charges are $950.
While the modern Corvette is not quite beautiful, it is elegant in the way that a wild wolf can be: Feral yet
purposeful. They are massively fun to drive. The quintessential rear- wheel-drive car, the Corvette is like a sled
with rockets on the rear. Slap on the gas and the back wheels spin furiously, bucking the nose skyward. The brakes
are able to snap you back from suicidal speeds in the span of a single breath. You haven’t experienced a hard stop
until you’ve screeched to a halt at the behest of the ZR1’s carbon-ceramic brakes, which are standard. The same
type was found on the Ferrari Enzo.
Streaking Corners: Most roads have turns and modern Corvettes are equipped to handle them. Chevy engineers
have tuned and finessed the suspension to the point where you can fearlessly streak around corners. Yet you can
easily tool around town thanks to the available magnetically controlled suspension, which transforms from spineshattering hard to post-hip-surgery gentle. Notably, the base coupe gets 26 miles per gallon on the highway, better
than a Honda Element.
Not that I don’t have quibbles. The six-speed manual gear box is vague enough that you occasionally put it into the
wrong gear. Nor are the interiors particularly sophisticated, with sports seats that are big, clumsy and poorly
bolstered. You’ll find bits of cheap plastic around. Embarrassingly, the passenger’s dash is embossed with an
oversized Corvette logo. As if we didn’t know.
Modern Classic: At least you can also get adult-minded goodies like Bose speakers, navigation systems and
Bluetooth connectivity. So, are ‘Vettes cheesy? Sometimes. At one point I found myself in an electric-blue,
convertible Grand Sport with dorky stripes running up the front fenders. Yet I’d be happy to own a base coupe in
metallic silver with optional five-spoke aluminum wheels. Even with lots of options, it’s about $56,000 and almost
Then there’s the ZR1. At $111,100, it’s expensive, but it is also a world-class supercar. Refined and easy to drive,
the coupe is the fastest GM production car of all time, with a top speed of 205 mph. When I asked experts which
modern cars would become classics, most mentioned the ZR1.
Interestingly, the Corvette’s stiffest competition doesn’t come from the Nissan GT-R or a German super-coupe.
Rather the ‘Vette has to watch its back from the latest Ford Mustang GT ($33,695) and its beefed-up cousin, the
$49,495 Shelby GT500. They handle beautifully, look nice and offer excellent interiors.
Am I One? Nonetheless, the Corvette is a great car by any matrix. While there surely are Corvette gals, the model
seems terribly male-centric. I’ve seen more women who have owned Mustangs and even Camaros. So, back to the
question. Could I be a Corvette guy? By the time I got out of the special edition Z06 Carbon, I’d come to a
decision. The 505-hp monster was festooned with a carbon-fiber hood, and it looked mean. The 7.0-liter engine
sounded even meaner. It was so full of attitude, you simply couldn’t miss it. When I stepped out, I wasn’t at all
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embarrassed. It’s time for a confession. Those last years of high school? I too sported a mullet. Maybe I’ve always
been a Corvette guy and just didn’t know it.
The 2011 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 Carbon at a Glance: Engine: 7.0-liter V-8 with 505 horsepower and 470 poundfeet of torque; Transmission: Six-speed manual; Speed: 0 to 60 mph in about 3.7 seconds; Gas mileage per gallon:
15 city, 24 highway; and Price as tested: $98,010.
Best features: Crazy attitude and high-speed hijinks; Worst features: Rougher riding, and louder, than most road
cars; Target buyer: The ‘Vette-head who wants the brashest Corvette out there.
2011 Corvette Production Statistics (So Far)
Buyers are still flocking to the Grand Sport
models which combined, makes up 54% of total
Corvette production. As far as popular colors, the
numbers are following the recent trend of Black
being the most popular choice followed by the
two Reds and Cyber Gray.
Assuming that these percentages are based on the
4,909 2011 model year Corvettes built through
the end of September 2010, we can estimate the
total number of models and colors produced.
% of MY
Grand Sport Coupe
Grand Sport Convertible
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% of MY
Torch Red
Crystal Red
Cyber Gray
Supersonic Blue
Arctic White
Blade Silver
Inferno Orange
Velocity Yellow
Jetstream Blue
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Automakers are going to great lengths to get more miles per gallon from their vehicle and everything is being
looked at--even the engine oil. Every 2011 General Motors car rolls off the assembly line with the engine filled
with a new generation of oil. Other automakers, such as Ford Motor Co. and the Chrysler Group, are also beginning
the switch to new oil, known by its industry grading as GF-5 or SN, or, in GM’s case, Dexos1.
The grade identifies oil that’s designed to help engines run more efficiently and better protect them from wear.
Those are key properties as automakers wring more horsepower out of smaller engines and make greater use of
heat-producing turbochargers and superchargers.
The protection properties of the new oil also have the potential environmental benefit of increasing the mileage
interval between recommended oil changes. What is not clear yet is just how much more the new oil will cost.
Tests make the difference
The Dexos1 and GF-5 oils hit the market on Oct. 1. They replace the GF-4 standard from the International
Lubricant Standardization and Approval Committee, which has members from GM, Ford, Chrysler and the Japan
Automobile Manufacturers Association. The American Petroleum Institute uses the SN designation for the new oil.
“GF-5 and Dexos1 oils have a more robust formulation that should give you better contributions to fuel economy,
cleanliness and fuel emissions,” said Mark Ferner, manager of the lubricants technology group at Shell. The main
difference between Dexos1, which is a GM-licensed brand, and GF-5 oils is testing, Ferner said. To be certified as
GF-5, the oil needs to pass a variety of chemistry and engine tests set by the American Petroleum Institute. But
GM’s testing for Dexos1 uses some tests mandated by the ACEA, the European automobile manufacturers
association, in place of the American Petroleum Institute tests. For example, Dexos1 oil has to pass MercedesBenz’s sludge and fuel-economy tests and Opel’s test for the ability to work under foaming conditions, known as
aeration. GF-5-certified oils that do not undergo the same tests are subjected to the American Petroleum Institute’s
equivalent to be certified. GF-5 oil can be found in both conventional and synthetic formulations but Dexos1 can
only be found as a synthetic, according to Shell, maker of the Pennzoil and Quaker State brands.
In some cases, oil companies already have formulas that meet or exceed the Dexos1 and GF-5 specifications. For
example, Shell’s Pennzoil Platinum and Quaker State Ultimate Durability synthetics exceed both standards. Driven
by tighter regulations; Government regulations that call for lower exhaust emissions and higher fuel economy are
the drivers behind the new generation of engine oil.
GM’s powertrain fuel and lubrication engineers began working on Dexos1 in 2006. The goal was to set an oil
specification that met the requirements of all GM vehicles and powertrains globally. GM also developed the
Dexos2 oil specification for light-duty diesel engines. It was launched in Europe earlier this year. Dexos1 is
designed to work with the engine-oil-life monitor in GM cars to increase the mileage between oil changes.
“Dexos puts us in a position to try and optimize the drain intervals,” said Eric Johnson, a GM fuel and lubrication
engineer who worked on the development of Dexos. GM does not specify a mileage life for Dexos1. It
recommends that drivers change the engine oil when the oil-monitor system recommends, as oil life depends on
driving conditions. However, Ford says it’s possible to go as long as 10,000 miles between oil changes with GF-5
oil. This is possible because Ford has made major improvements in the materials and technologies it uses in its
engines, a spokesman said.
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Among the changes: greater use of aluminum for engine structural components and increasing the size of oil pans.
Ford also uses an oil-life-monitoring system, which tells owners when it’s time for an oil change. “We have made
improvements to our engines and want to use the best oil we can,” spokesman Richard Truett said.
Good for new and old cars: Dexos1 and GF-5 oils can be used in older cars. Owners still need to consult their
owner’s manual to choose oil with the recommended viscosity. Consumers will find some bottles of oil with both
the Dexos1 and GF-5 certification, said Ferner of Shell. He added that consumers will not notice an immediate
difference after changing to a Dexos1 or GF-5 oil. Instead, the benefits are oil that better protects and cleans the
engine over time. But beware if you’re tempted to use conventional oil in an engine that calls for the new
specification. GM says not using Dexos1 oil may cause engine damage that would void the powertrain warranty.
Go to for more information on GM’s Dexos oils, and see for information on
GR-5 oil.
Corvette Central: Revamped C7, radical mid-engined C8 in GM's plans
This story comes from the 03/22/10 issue of AutoWeek magazine.
This illustration shows what we think the V6 mid-engined C8
Chevrolet Corvette may look like
General Motors is mulling a radical re-engineering for the
Chevrolet Corvette, centered on a more fuel-efficient, midengined V6 powertrain, a lightweight alloy body and a more
compact footprint.
The idea is to re-energize GM's ambition for the Corvette,
with fundamental changes that will make it into a
contemporary global supercar. The changes are penciled into
GM's product plan for the next major model change, the C8, with an on-sale date around 2016. Both coupe and
convertible models are planned.
The C7 had been the focus of plans for a mid-engined model capable of matching Europe's most exotic supercars.
The mid-engined C7 got as far as engineering development but was canceled when the global credit crunch hit and
GM faced financial woes that eventually led to the company's trip through bankruptcy court.
As a result, GM recast its Corvette plans around a more modest revamp of today's C6 into the C7 version,
essentially a stopgap until the world-beating C8 arrives.
"That [the C7] will be the last of the traditional, old-style Corvettes," a senior GM insider told AutoWeek.
That will buy GM time while it works on a revolutionary new concept for the C8 Corvette that can blend fueleconomy and emissions improvements with the required level of supercar performance and handling.
Engineers are likely to shrink the C8 Corvette's footprint to cut weight and aerodynamic drag and reduce its visual
bulk, which also will help with sales outside the United States.
Likely to shock Corvette purists is the suggestion that a V6 will replace a V8 in the C8, although 440 hp courtesy of
twin turbochargers ought to calm fears of reduced power output. With a traditional C7 on the horizon and a worldchallenging all-new C8 in the wings, the survival of GM's greatest sports car likely will depend on its adaptability
more than on its longevity.
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Parting Shots
This photo was supplied from John Girard, a
former president of the Northern Virginia
Corvette Club back in 1973
Paul Benish can’t leave vettes
along even on vacation…. pic from
Vegas with Paul next to a mural in
Rock'N'Ritas at Circus Circus
American Cancer Society
representative Dave Judy
accepts NVCC check for $1200
as our donation from the June
If our lovely Rita wanted to be a
meter maid (hey I’m old, I draw from
Beatle material), it looks like she
could find a comfortable home in
Atlantic City. As a 27-year veteran
of civil service, I must say this is
how public servants should be
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Newsletter News …
OK, I’m late and I know it….but have lots of excuses…my dog ate my
computer….well an electronic counterpart to a junk yard dog did.
Anyway it is out and another month has come and gone.
Cheryl really is retiring in a few days and I really am slowly migrating
our way from Sterling to the farm. The NVCC printer takes its trip as
soon as this newsletter is printed.
Next General Business
There are still some wonderful cruising days left before real cold weather
sets in, so get out there and see the USA in your Chevrolet….and send
me the details for the next newsletter.
Tuesday, Nov 30th at 7:30 pm
Rich Anderson
Koons Chevrolet
2000 Chain Bridge Road
Tysons Corner, VA
[email protected]
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